Housing Affordability

How are we doing?

In 2016, close to half (47.1%) of all San Diego County residents spent more than a third of their income on housing.

How is it measured?

Housing Affordability is measured through the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.  It looks at the income of individuals compared to the amount they spend on housing.
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Why is it important?

Nationally, housing affordability is considered a problem if residents spend more than 30% of their income on housing.  Spending less than 30% on housing means residents can have more income to cover other living expenses.  This results in a positive influence on the overall financial health and well-being of the community.

Where are we going?

The County is committed to finding ways to improve housing affordability in the unincorporated areas by working to fix, what’s called, the missing middle component of housing.  Many ideas are being explored, such as:  Incentivizing building housing that is affordable; using surplus properties for housing; and reducing the overall cost of building housing by streamlining the permitting processes.  Additional information is available on this website: